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  1. How To: Tools

    Have anything you would like to share about the tools you use? How good they are or bad and if you have any alternative tool uses. Please no dirty uses...

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    • Engine Rebuild Nightmares with Fitzy. Hi Everyone and welcome to Engine Rebuild Nightmares. First of all, you gotta spend months laying awake at 3am wondering how everything that you pulled apart will go back together. When the big day comes, you're broke, you're hungry but you're surrounded by a squiilion shiny new bits to stuff back into your expensive new machined block. After shoving the crank, rods & pistons in, chuck the cam in and then prepare thyself for timing gear replacement. Crank mounted gear slid right on - easy. Cam mounted gear was never gonna fit, so out with the Dremel and a grinding stone and smooth that sucker down. Eventually, new gear slid right on. Sweet. Then, just press oil pickup into oil pump. Hmm. Won't go. Rocky Rotella sez chuck it in the freezer. This morning I retrieved it from the freezer, ran outside and hammered that sucker in. When I had it almost in, it was then I realised that the rim of the pickup screen has to sit in a little recess in the pump housing to ensure it's located properly. Hammer, push, pull, lever...I eventually got it to sit right and proceeded to hammer it home. Why not make it a tiny bit smaller and instruct the rebuilder to hold it in place with some Loctite? No, you gotta hammer the bejesus out of it instead. Timing cover went on with no dramas, oil pan also went on fine but Ames sells little reinforcing plates for the rear corners to prevent leaks - apparently they were a Pontiac after service item made avaiable for dealers to retrofit. Did mine fit? No, at the critical moment when the Permatex was starting to set, I discover that one of those little plates hadn't been shaped right and needed some of it's internal curve cut out. Ran to the vise and once again with the Dremel, ground out the requisite material in order for it to fit. Valvetrain components now fitted as well, but time to clean up and rest.
    • now thats a good trick mate !!!👍
    • Nice, thankz for sharing great info.
    • Figured it out, drilled some holes in a heavy gauge square tubing  to match the one's in the frame, spaced it out at the corners installed some long bolts and pulled the frame out. While I was working on this my brake hose showed up from Amazon 2pm on a Sunday amazing so before i installed the tank i installed the rear brake lines.
    • Might as well mention the LIONs,  try as hard as they could, they could NOT give this game away. Completing a pass with no time left on the clock, for the win.  1 - 11 - 1 Record is in the books.
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